Survey finds 22% of consumers replace OTC, prescription drugs with CBD

Since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD has risen to the forefront of American consciousness as an alternative health and wellness supplement, and research finds that a growing number of consumers are using it to replace their prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

A national January 2019 Consumer Reports survey of more than 4,000 CBD users across the country found that nearly a quarter used CBD to replace OTC drugs such as Tylenol and prescription drugs, including opioids, anti-anxiety medications and sleep aids.

Approximately half of survey respondents who took CBD weren’t taking medication when they started using CBD, while 30% used it to supplement their regular medications.

The remaining 22% of consumers used CBD to replace their medications entirely.

The survey results were presented by Consumer Reports Deputy Editor Lisa Gill at a public hearing held by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in late May.

The hearing was part of the organization’s efforts to gain understanding about the safety, manufacturing, product quality, marketing, labeling and sale of products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, including CBD.

The FDA has extended the public comment period to obtain scientific data and information until July 16.

Here’s what else you need to know about the survey:

  • Consumers said they purchase CBD from cannabis dispensaries (40% of survey respondents), a retail store (34%), online retailers (27%) and other unspecified outlets (12%).
  • The most popular forms were infused edibles, including both food and beverages (35%), drops or sprays (30%) and vaping devices (30%).
  • The survey found differences in CBD use among millennials and baby boomers, with millennials more likely to use CBD to reduce stress and anxiety (32% of millennial respondents versus 12% of baby boomers), with boomers more likely to use CBD to help with joint pain (42% versus 15%).

Maggie Cowee can be reached at [email protected]

3 comments on “Survey finds 22% of consumers replace OTC, prescription drugs with CBD
  1. Linda Frankson on

    It’s like everything else if you don’t find the root cause you will only place a bandaid on the problem and not cure it.

    Maybe this will wake people up in finding the root cause. Helping the gut lining to heal is one good way of doing it but if you persist in putting the same foods in the gut over and over again you create a cycle and a bandaid.

    I agree that there are healing effects that you will receive from CBD. But only replacing a drug for the headaches you end up using a product. Your body is a magnificent instrument that can heal itself given the right tools. But if you don’t find the trigger you are creating a continuous cycle.

    Educating yourselves is the only way to go, CBD is a great way to begin, reducing the pain and confusion to be able to see a new beginning, but the miracle comes from within.

    always a better way

  2. Richard Jones on

    So basically 78% of this small sample of users started using CBD only or in addition to whatever meds there were on.

    Then only 800 out of the 4000 replaced something they were taking with CBD? That means the vast majority did not. Shouldn’t that be the headline? ” 22% of Prescription and OTC drug users add CBD to the drugs they are already using.”

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